Brightening Products: Bestselling Top 3 (September 2012)

Bestsellers calculation based on surveying 47 products out of 7 retailers in August, 2012.

1. Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector $49.50 (1oz), $76 (1.7oz)
Effective treatment against uneven skin tone

2. Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Protective Cream SPF15  $54.50 (1.8oz)
Brightening daytime moisturizer countering environmental stressors

3. Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution $49.50 (1oz)
A novel form of Vitamin C derivativative helps to clear dark spots 


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Brightening Products: The Top 3 Bestsellers in U.S.* (August 2012)

*Surveyed 39 products from 7 retail websites in July, 2012.

Ranked #1. Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector    .50 (1oz), (1.7oz)

2011 CEW Beauty Insider’s Choice Award Winner

Ranked #2. Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator    $60 (1oz), $90 (1.7oz)

2012 Marie Claire Prix d’Excellence International Beauty Award Winner
2012 CEW Beauty Insider’s Choice Award Finalist

Ranked #3. Dior Diorsnow White Reveal Moisturizing Lotion    $50 (6.6oz)

Brightening toner with Icelandic Glacier Water. Tested on Asian skin.

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Brightening Products: The Ultimate Top 3 (July 2012)

1. Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector  $49.50 (1oz), $73 (1.7oz)

“Noticeably fading spots over time”- Allure Best of Beauty 2010 & 2011, Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards 2011: Best Beauty Breakthrough

2. Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator  $58 (1oz), $85 (1.7oz),  $135 (3.4oz)

“This serum is crazy good. Disguised by its gentle formula is cutting-edge technology that erases everything that bugs us about our skin.” – Marie Claire Prix d’Excellence Beauty Award 2012

3. La Mer The Radiant Serum  $260 (1oz)

Brightening ferment generated from three types of algae corrects discoloration, exfoliates, and refines pores.

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Brightening Products: The Ultimate Top 3 (June 2012)

The top three brightening products for the month has no surprises:

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector   $49.50 (1 oz), $73 (1.7oz)

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Moisturizing Cream   $59.50 (1.7oz)

SKII Cellumination Mask-In Lotion   $75 (3.4oz)

All three star products have evolved into complete skincare lines.

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector is a gem among whitening products.  For the first time, I could see actual results as my face brightens up after a couple of days.  I use this product as a serum, after I apply toner.  A whole family of Even Better products has extended this skincare line into make up.  It ranges from lotion, cream, hand cream to foundation and concealer.  If you’d like to use serum during the day, apply tons of sunscreen or use in conjunction with Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20 ($44.50).  Which of the Even Better family would I choose if I could only purchase one? Definitely the Dark Spot Corrector. Besides, I would only use brightening products at night.

Let’s face it, the Japanese know how to make great skincare products.  What’s not to love about Shiseido?  Shiseido’s White Lucent line is another success that targets uneven skin tone.  It offers a friendly option when compared to other premium brightening brands.  You can choose among an extensive range of skincare products from the White Lucent line.  Shiseido is well-known for its whitening lines.  The Japanese company conducts lots of research on this area since many Asians prefer keeping a lighter skin tone.  You might also like to know, Shiseido’s whitening products are priced lower in North America. They also make an incredible sunscreen line called Anessa that’s only available in Asia. It is so effective that I did not get any suntan after a vacation in Hawaii one summer.

I used to love SKII masks but couldn’t afford the steep price tag. I was thrilled to find SKII Cellumination Mask-in-lotion last December because it nearly replicated the same consistency and result as the masks.  I believe this product is fairly new since I purchased it from Asia six months ago. I have to admit that I was a bit shocked after calculating the result for this category, since SKII Cellumination is relatively new. This is a great product and I currently use it as a toner.